To thed Editor: Help a child—be a CASA volunteer

Do you have time to volunteer? Are you ready to speak up for a child? Children currently involved in juvenile proceedings in Lee, Carroll and Ogle County are waiting for a child advocate to ensure their right to a safe and permanent home. CASA volunteers play an important role in the life of a child. A CASA volunteer serves as the voice of the child, an unbiased voice promoting the child’s best interests. A CASA volunteer/guardian ad litem takes the time to learn and understand what each child needs by visiting with the child and family on an ongoing basis each month. Advocates with CASA speak up for the best interests of abused children in court and can change the lives of these children forever. Advocates then make recommendations to the judge in the best interest of the child. Because of the ongoing number of children coming to the attention of our local courts, more volunteers are needed within the 15th Judicial Circuit. These children deserve a “voice” to speak up for their best interests. CASA is currently accepting applications for our summer training classes set to start May 26, in our Dixon office and for our Fall 2010 classes scheduled to begin Sept. 16. Our program continues to seek caring community members to get involved with CASA to speak up for abused and neglected children living in our communities. Though one person can’t save all the children in our community who are in need, they can make a difference in the life of one. Volunteer today and make a lifelong difference for a child. For more information, contact Vanessa White, director of Advocate Services, at (815) 288-1901.

Vanessa White

CASA–15th Judicial Circuit

Dixon, Ill.

From the May 19-25, 2010 issue

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